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National Take-Back Initiative

Posted: September 20th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »



On September 25, 2010, the DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country.  The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.  These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety.

This one-day effort is intended to bring national focus to the issue of increasing pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. 

  • The program is anonymous. 
  • Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted.
  • Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.  
Find collection site(s) near you
Check back often as new collection sites will be added daily.

And remember, in order to avoid a poisoning involving medicine, the IPC offers the following tips:

1. Read the label before taking or giving medicines.

2. Be sure you understand the directions and follow them exactly.  Call the poison    

    center if you have any questions.

3. Always use the measuring device that comes with the medicine or a device that  

    shows exact amounts.

4. Never take prescription medicine that is not prescribed specifically for you.

5. Never take more than the number of pills you are supposed to.

6. Never mix medicines unless your doctor says that it is okay to do so. Some medicines,

     when mixed together, can lead to serious side effects or drug interactions.

7. Properly dispose of old medicines by using the NEW guidelines from the IPC. For more    

     info click NEW Medicine Disposal Guidelines

PLEASE tell your friends, family, and community about this event. For more information about the “National Take-Back Initiative” click here.  Also to learn how the Illinois Poison Center can help you prevent potential poisonings related to misuse and/or abuse of medicines and other potentially harmful substances call 1-800-222-1222.

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